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Algeria's president names new prime minister after poll win


              FILE - This April 3, 2017 file photo shows then Housing and Urban Affairs minister Abdelmadjid Tebboune in Algiers. Algeria's presidenc...

              FILE - This Feb.8, 2016 file photo shows Abdelmadjid Tebboune in Algiers. Algeria's presidency says that President Abdelaziz Bouteflika...

FILE - This April 3, 2017 file photo shows then Housing and Urban Affairs minister Abdelmadjid Tebboune in Algiers. Algeria's presidenc...

FILE - This Feb.8, 2016 file photo shows Abdelmadjid Tebboune in Algiers. Algeria's presidency says that President Abdelaziz Bouteflika...

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has named a new prime minister following the ruling coalition's victory in parliamentary elections earlier this month in the oil-rich North African country.

A statement from the Algerian presidency Wednesday says Bouteflika appointed 74-year-old former Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Abdelmadjid Tebboune.

The president's party, the National Liberation Front, and its coalition won a majority in the May 4 elections.

Tebboune's appointment comes 24 hours after the election of National Assembly President Said Bouhadja, who is a member of the president's party.

The elections were overshadowed by public concerns over a political system viewed as tainted by corruption, a sluggish economy and speculation over the health of the 80-year-old Bouteflika following a 2013 stroke.


Updated : 2021-06-19 01:08 GMT+08:00